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Certificate Program in Biomedical Sciences Coursework

Certificate Program in Biomedical Sciences Coursework

The general plan for the coursework for the certificate program is laid out in the table below. In addition, optional coursework may be made available to students in the program depending on availability and interest.

Summer Semester (10 weeks)

Fall Semester (15 weeks)

Spring Semester (15 weeks)

BSC 700 Online Histology

4 credits

BSC 712 Biochemistry

3 credits

BSC 714 Oral Immunobiology

4 credits

BSC 704 MCAT preparation

3 credits

BSC 702 Anatomy

4 credits

BSC 716 Medical Microbiology

4 credits

BSC 706 Professional Development

1 credit

BSC 710 Clinical Exposures

1 credit

BSC 710 Clinical Exposures (choice of this or Grand Rounds, BSC 708)

1 credit

BSC 710 Clinical Exposures

1 credit

BSC 708 Grand Rounds

1 credit

Total of 9 credits

Total of 9 credits

Total of 9 credits

Description of courses:

BSC 700 Histology (merit graded): This is an online course in histology that involves learning the microscopic architecture and function of cells, tissues and organs of the human body. The course content is presented via interactive lectures and virtual labs.  A unique feature of this course is the use of virtual microscopy to examine specimens over the Internet using a browser interface instead of a microscope.  Learning is facilitated by practice quizzes and assessed by both open- and closed-book examinations.

BSC 702 Anatomy (merit graded): This intensive gross anatomy course is designed to prepare students for entry in the field of health professions in general, with a focus and emphasis on medical and dental curricula in particular. The course provides students with a detailed examination of all structural aspects of the human body with a special emphasis on the anatomy and anatomical relationships significant to common clinical medicine topics and surgical procedures. It is presented by regions of the body through lectures and matching online laboratories. The material is organized in units and presented in a logical fashion, i.e. Superficial Back and Upper Limb, Thorax, Abdomen and Pelvis, Lower Limb and finally Head and Neck. Throughout the course, imaging techniques including CT scans and x-ray radiography are used to introduce the student to the clinician's perspective. The course content is also designed to correlate with important clinical problems that students may encounter as practitioners, and additional reading assignments are included in the material to be studied by the students. The students also have the opportunity to further their knowledge of anatomy by using online resources that will be made available to them through a course management system.

BSC 704 MCAT preparation (pass-fail-honors): Students will work with tutors and MCAT preparation books to practice for four sections of the MCAT test: verbal reasoning, chemistry, physics and biology. Students will be given the opportunity to take an AAMC practice test online. Assessment will be on attendance and participation.

BSC 706 Professional Development (pass-fail): Students attend weekly 1 hour workshops led by various faculty members on writing personal statements for applications, writing a resume and CV, interviewing skills, professional etiquette, and how to get the most out of clinical shadowing experiences. Mock interviews and critiques of draft resumes and personal statements will be provided. Students will develop a professional portfolio that can serve as the basis for applications to medical schools. Assessment will be based on attendance and participation.

BSC 708 Grand Rounds (pass-fail-honors): Students will be required to attend one grand rounds seminar series a week offered by various MUSC departments. After the presentations, they will have one week to turn in a one-page paper detailing what they learned.

BSC 710 Clinical Exposures (pass-fail): Students will have the opportunity to shadow a physician working in the CARES clinic and/or the Emergency Department. The students will attend the clinic several times during the semester and write up the history of the patient and the diagnosis and treatment plan.

BSC 712 Biochemistry (merit graded): This course is a modification of BMB 601 – Comprehensive Biochemistry offered to dental students. The course emphasizes the basic metabolic reactions of living systems. Topics that are emphasized include structure-function relationship of hemoglobin, myoglobin and enzymes, pH considerations, enzymatic activity and factors such as allosteric effectors and conversion of proenzymes to active enzymes. Additional topics include the biosynthesis and degradation of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, polysaccharides and nucleic acids. Topics that are covered in depth include pH and buffers, glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, the pentose phosphate pathway, glycogen metabolism, regulation of metabolism, the nature of genetic material and the relationship of the genetic code to protein synthesis. An introduction to genetic engineering, genetic diseases and chemotherapy is also presented.

BSC 714 Oral Immunobiology (merit graded): This course is a modification of CFSB 624 – Oral biology and immunology. Certificate students will attend lectures given to the dental students and will have access to all course materials. The course grade will be based on exams that will be identical to the exams taken by the dental students. In place of the evidence-based dentistry literature reports required of dental students, certificate students will complete online patient-oriented problem solving exercises on immunoprophylaxis, cancers of the immune system, and autoimmune diseases. Course topics include basic concepts in immunology, cells and tissues involved in the immune system, antibody structure and diversity, immunodeficiencies, immunization and vaccines, and tumor immunobiology.

BSC 716 Medical Microbiology (merit graded): This course is a modification of MBIM 623 – Dental Microbiology. Certificate students will have access to lectures given in both the dental and medical microbiology courses, either live or recorded. They will take part in small group problem-based exercises with other certificate students in sessions proctored by the course director. The course grade will be based on 3 multiple choice question exams, which will be identical to the exams taken by the dental students.
This course will foster a knowledge base and understanding of the fundamentals of bacterial physiology and genetics; clinical bacteriology, virology, parasitology and mycology; antimicrobial therapy; asepsis in health care; and infection control. The primary goals of the course are to explore the relationship between the physiology of medically important microbes to the pathobiological sequelae of human-microbial interactions, with particular reference to the role of microbes in human disease. In addition to lecture, instruction includes problem-based, small group exercises in microbiology with clinical case scenarios.

 
 
 

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